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Professor Jonathan  Hill

Professor Jonathan Hill

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Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • History
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Security

Contact details


Professor Hill is Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. He has published widely on the Maghreb and his latest project focuses on sport and the Tunisian national movement before independence. He has held visiting positions at the LSE and St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of The Middle East Journal, The Journal of North African Studies, and Libyan Studies. He is fluent in French (DALF C2) and a link to his page can be found here:

Research Interests

Professor Hill’s work focuses on nationalism and nation-building in the French Maghreb. More specifically, it traces the origins and development of nationalism in Algeria and Tunisia, and the continuities between the colonial and postcolonial eras. 

  • French empire
  • The development of modern sport in France and its empire
  • History of Tunisia and Algeria before and immediately after independence


  • J. N. C. Hill, (2016), Democratisation in the Maghreb, Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh University Press. 
  • J. N. C. Hill & Fatima el Issawi, (2021), ‘Introduction: Media, Accountability and Dissent in the Middle East and North Africa’, The International Journal of Press/Politics, 26: 4, 761-773.
  • J. N. C. Hill (2019), ‘The Evolution of Authoritarian Rule in Algeria: Linkage versus Organisational Power’, Democratization, 26:8, 1382-1398
  • J. N. C. Hill (2019), ‘Imperial Classifications and Anti-Colonial Resistance in North Africa’, Middle Eastern Studies, 55: 3, 464-474.
  • J. N. C. Hill & F. Cavatorta, (2019), ‘Dimensions of Security in the Maghreb’, Middle Eastern Studies, 55: 2, 177-181
  • J. N. C. Hill (2019), ‘Authoritarian Resilience and Regime Cohesion in Morocco after the Arab Spring’, Middle Eastern Studies, 55: 2, 276-288.

PhD Supervision

Professor Hill is happy to supervise PhD students working on similar topics to himself.